But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22)
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)
Do you long to be patient and kind to others during trying circumstances? Do you want God’s peace and joy to control your heart and mind? Do you wish that you could respond with love and gentleness? God’s Holy Spirit promised to bear this beautiful fruit in your life if you are His child. God doesn’t simply pour out these emotions or responses over you when you ask. Instead, these are born out of your life over time as you abide in Jesus Christ, the true Vine, and allow your heavenly Father to do His pruning work. Only then will He bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in your life.
Study it Out
Read the following passages slowly and meditate on the truths found within. You may want to commit one or more passages to memory.
John 15:1-13; Galatians 5:22-26
Be sure to respond to God as He reveals or reminds you of truth about Himself. Every time you read God’s Word, God’s Spirit is inviting you to enter into a conversation with Him. Breathe in His truth with a humble, teachable heart, and breathe out your response of praise, thanksgiving, confession, and repentance as is fitting.
Each truth given corresponds with one of the images in the original Identity of Christ design. These are available as downloadable coloring sheets or downloadable, customized prints that can be hung as decor in your home or office.
The grapes pictured are meant to remind you of the attractive fruit of the Spirit that Christ wants to bear in your life.